Former Ukrainian expatriate Michael Sokha walks along a beach in Vietnam in September 2014. (Courtesy)
Andriy Boytsun, now 41, graduated from his Kyiv high school in 1991, just as Ukraine gained its independence.
After going to university in Kyiv and then working in Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, he left Ukraine in 1999 to study in Belgium, and later taught students there. Now, 26 years after independence, Boytsun is back in Ukraine, advising its government on privatization and the management of state companies.
“Our world is different from what it was,” Boytsun says. “To leave does not mean to leave forever. People, and the world itself, have become free.”